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we begin with a new report about the noise on bart trains that riders need to hear. >> can that noise cause damage to your hearing? terry mcsweeney joins us now from the bart station in oakland. terry? >> yeah. the report this morning san francisco chronicle says for bart passengers it's loud. the passengers we spoke with said they already knew that but didn't know exactly how loud. and when we told them, the response was deafening. that is what it sounded like this morning as we rode bart in the trans bay tube.
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the reading of 100 decibels, the same as a jack hammer. you can't have a conversation. maybe the reason nobody tried to have one. the high-pitched irritation lasted perhaps a minute, not long enough to cause hearing loss. >> while you go on for hours and hours, this is pretty much 20 or 30-second stretch. >> johnson says the high-pitched screech is caused by the trains rolling over tiny ripples in the tracks which is caused by steel on steel and most prevalent where the elevation changes. bart riders talk about the jack hammer comparison. >> and that's a good analogy, definitely. jack hammer. >> definitely. >> jack hammer? well, i mean, it's hard to hold a conversation. so but that's kind of extreme. i wouldn't describe it as that loud. >> i live across the street from the bart station and i find it's not so bad living next to it but when i'm in it it's actually worse.
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>> all right. >> so i would be happy that there would be some improvement in the sound quality. >> these rail grinders purchased a few years ago for $4.5 million each smooth out those noise ripples. it's better than just about anywhere else in the nation. >> we're one of the quietest in the country and it's all because that. >> they don't remove all the noise but for short rides they make the trip hazard free. >> while the trans bay tube may be the worst, wherever you go on bart there's always a certain noise level, decibels in the 70s like a hair drier in some places, 80s like a diesel engine all the way to 100 like the jack hammer. you might want to consider ear plugs. in oakland, terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> terry, thank you very much. the search for a missing hercules man is now in its fifth day at a pittsburgh landfill. searchers are opening to find crews that lead to frederick
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sales' whereabouts. they expect it will take two more days to sift through the trash. authorities believe sales may be the fifth victim which includes sales' father, girlfriend and two vallejo women. the chp killed. >> a gang member faces charges of shooting a police officer. charles young was trying to serve a search warrant. they arrested him with attempted murder. officer young has undergone several surgeries and remains sedated and in intensive care but doctors are expecting him to make a full recovery. the police department is holding another blood drive for officer young today at 2:00, until 2:00 that is at the blood bank of the redwoods on sonoma avenue. blood banks report a 50%
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increase in donations since officer young was shot and the call went out for donors. >> called off the search for a woman who made a distress call last night. the coast guard received a radio call about 9:15 from a cryptic female voice saying listen to me, i have a may day. searchers managed to trace that call to an area near tiburon. they searched for nearly two hours last night and again this morning but found nothing. >> sometimes we do receive distress calls that end up not turning into anything. either we don't find anything or we do find someone who was not in distress when they made the phone call. however, we do respond to every distress call and may day call as if it was a true emergency. >> there were also no reports of any missing boaters, no recreational boats missing in the area. the coast guard urges any voter making a distress call to give their position and nature of emergency. neither was give enemy this case. crews return to the petaluma river to resume cleaning up an oil spill. the department of fish and game
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says an old tugboat was being chopped up for scrap metal when it leaked an estimated 200 to 600 gallons of oil. no sickened wildlife has turned up and most of the slick has broken up and washed away. environmentalists say they'll continue to monitor the situation. >> the future of three richmond schools will be decided tonight. closing kennedy high and two other elementary schools in richmond would save the west contra costa school district $1.5 million. the district faces funding problems because of state budget crises. the closer would affect about 900 students and thousands of others from nearby schools. >> if the city of richmond does not approve $1.5 million tomorrow night, then the board will take immediate action to close the school and send kids off to other schools like richmond high or el cerrito high. >> one council member points to a potential source of money to help keep the schools open. richmond recently received a
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settlement from chef ran for $114 million over 15 years. however, the two sides are fighting over how much chevron should pay in utility taxes. >> the eight fatal whooping coughs show doctors were slow to diagnose the illness every time. all eight cases involve babies and now investigation by the l.a. times find that all had been taken to a clinic or hospital several times before doctors accurately diagnosed them. health officials are now urging physicians to assume that any infant under six months of sage who were having trouble breathing has wooping cough. it has reached epidemic levels in color with 600 indicatess reported so far. >> the landscape people see as they drive over the dumbarton bridge is now dramatically different. today senator feinstein and other dignitaries launched the completion of the latest wetlands restoration project. more than a year crews used heavy machinery to turn the 238
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acres of the cargo salt pond into rich marsh lands for dozens of bird species. the project is part of a massive effort bay areawide to restore the bay from claire county to napa. >> the government has a warning about two popular green tea drinks. that story a little later. >> but first a florida pastor's plan for burning the karan are still in place despite a warning from the top u.s. ♪ [ fema annouer ] introducing tv... you can ta with you. u-verse now lets you download, watch hit tv shows and schedule recordings on your mobile phone. order u-verse tv today.
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>> the gunman wearing an iraqi army uniform killed two u.s. soldiers in northern iraq today. officials say the americans were among a group meeting with iraqi security forces at an army compound. they are the first u.s. military deaths since the end of combat operations a week ago. >> a church refusing to call off its plans to burn copies of the karan, the muslim holy book, des spied warnings from a top military leader it will put american soldiers in danger. pastor terry jones in gainesville said he'll go ahead with the event to protest the 9/11 terror attackings. the event sparked rebukes from muslim nations, international protests and opposition from city officials. general petraeus warned the
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images would endanger u.s. troops. >> they would use them to inflame public opinion and incite violence against sold and civilians. >> it would be tragic if because of this one person died. but at the same time we do not feel responsible for that. >> jones has left the door open to change his mind saying he's still praying about the decision. the white house says president obama will mark the 9th anniversary of the september 11th attacks at the pentagon this saturday. vice president joe biden will be in new york. first lady michelle obviously and laura bush will be in pennsylvania marking crash site 93. >> she met the flood victims from that nation's worst national disaster. jolie visited a refugee camp as a good will ambassador for the united nations agency. they hope it will convince
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foreign countries and individuals to open their wallets. the foreign aid money has stalled in recent days. >> the flood water was as high as the ceiling when you see the mark and i was surprised. the needs need to be addressed and all the homes are washed away and not just a tent, it's a home and collapsed and it's mud and their entire life. many of them lost their children during the flood. so it's terrible. >> 17 million people have been facted by last month's floods and many will need emergency assistance to survive. the u.n. is hoping to raise another $166 million for its pakistan disaster fund. >> republicans in congress are already hammering president obama's plan to boost the economy by cutting taxes on small business and he hasn't even announced it yet. the announcement comes tomorrow. now for the first time a majority of americans polled disapproved the job the president is doing. john hendron reports from washington. president obama is back in
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campaign mode talking hope. >> i personally think, yes, we can is more inspiring than no, we can't. >> with two months before the midterm election, a washington post poll finds more americans say, no, he hasn't. 52% now disapprove of the way mr. obama is handling his job and say he made the economy worse. >> before he was in office everything was nice and strong. the economy, don't know what's gonna happen next. >> voters now favor an unnamed republican over a democratic in their congressional district by a 53-40% margin, the widest margin on record. >> the summer kicked off with joe biden predicting a gain of 500,000 jobs per month. instead we've lost 400,000 jobs. >> the president in milwaukee yesterday sounded a lot like candidate obama. >> i am gonna keep fighting every single day, every single hour, every single minute! to turn this economy around! >> but it's an uphill struggle.
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it's been so bad for so long that these are attitudes that are very difficult to change until facts and conditions on the ground change. >> most economists see little hope for a big change in the economy by november. >> it's not just the house that's in play, there's a growing consensus the senate is at stake. republicans would need to net ten seats, a long shot, but perhaps now a possibility. washington. >> meteorologist mike nicco has the forecast. >> don't you wish the economy could change as quickly as the weather around here lately. we'd be very happy. a look from mount tam looking from the west. they are back. so is the cooler weather. not only 20 degrees today but even more cooling tomorrow. we'll show you how low we'll go. >> mike, thank you very much. >> flight attendant accused of throwing a tantrum on board will have to do possibly jail time. >> how pg&e smart meters may be
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to blame for extra sounds coming from baby monitors.
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>> firefighters in colorado plans to increase the attack of a wildfire that destroyed dozens of homes northwest of boulder. 3,000 people have been forced to evacuate. winds have calmed down and that's going to law them to dump fire retardant from the air. the cause of the fire is under investigation. there's no indication it was intentionally set. the high winds are the problem in parts of texas. tropical storm dumped between 5 inches and a foot of rain crossing into texas last night. thousands are without power. so far no reports of injuries or major damage and no evacuations have been ordered. >> every time we see weather like that there, we're so lucky to be here. >> aren't we! >> don't have a story about anything tropical, not even rain in the forecast other than
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drizzle tomorrow morning and maybe thursday morning. a look outside, show you the transition taking place from emeryville. back to san francisco. and we're still seeing a little bit of fog rolling across san francisco, the golden gate and reaching over to the east bay hills. one other perspective. yesterday it was in the 80s around santa cruz. there were a lot of people there. today there's none and it's cloudy. of course we all went back to work and school but it is cloudy and cool at the boardwalk today. let's take a look at the clouds from a different perspective. you see it overrunning san francisco over towards oakland and berkeley. the temperatures on there. you can see it's still mid to upper 50s, san rafael low to mid-60s most of the bay. east bay upper 60s to low 70s. clouds just now leaving gilroy at 68 but still pretty thick everywhere else around the monterey bay and inland. for today it will be cooler and breezy. cloudy mainly at the coast other than that little patch of fog we
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showed overrunning san francisco. cloudy everywhere tonight. look for drizzle, especially along the coast, possibly higher elevations around the bay. the coolest weather tomorrow into thursday. looks like we'll have a mild weekend. what i mean, not too warm, not too chilly. pretty comfortable this time of year. here is how impressive today's drop in temperatures are, 15 concord, santa rosa. 18 san jose, oakland 19. redwood city, san francisco 20 and 22 degrees cooler than yesterday. sunnyvale 72. everyone else mid to upper 70s. san jose about 75. san mateo, your neighbors upper 60s. the rest of the peninsula, low to mid-70s. crisp day along the coast upper 50s. south san francisco, sausalito, san rafael 73. looks like mid to upper 70s through most of the north bay valleys but upper 50s with clouds at your coast. a little sunshine but still really cool. richmond to hayward, mid to upper 60s. low 70s for the rest of the east bay shore. san ramon valley, upper 70s from
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concord to brentwood, fairfield and livermore low to mid-80s but no more air conditioner weather. mid to upper 60s monterey bay with stubborn clouds staying put. mid-70s gilroy and morgan hill. coliseum, got a game, nothing like yesterday's afternoon game. chilly and cool, 66. most neighborhoods drizzle most likely along the coast and pockets again in higher elevations around the bay. you may drive into some of it during your morning commute. notice this big buckle. this is the colder air coming from canada tonight. nights longer and longer and the cold air building. the cold front will move through tomorrow. out ahead we stir the current back onshore and that's why we see the clouds and drizzle. the front rolls through tomorrow, increases the breezes and cool air. by wednesday 20 to 25 degrees cooler than we were yesterday. here's a look at our drop. another 5 to 10 degrees
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tomorrow. we'll be in the low to mid-70s inland with mid to upper 60s around bay. sunshine for thursday, about 4 degrees warmer. another 4 degrees warmer on friday and friday through the weekend. we'll have 60 degree temperatures at the coast, low to mid-70s around the bay and low 80s inland. that's fairly comfortable i think. >> yeah. the federal government is warning the makers of two popular drinks to stop making unsubstantiated claims about the nutritional value of the product. labels on canada dry sparkling green tea ginger ail claim the drink is fortified with p. a. oxidants. a letter from the fd a says the beverage does not meet the federal guidelines to make those claims. an august 23rd letter tells lipton its green tea can prevent high cholesterol. the companies have 15 days to answer the allegations. >> the former jet blue flight
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attendant accused of sliding down an exsuit chute with a beer will be mentally evaluated for a possible plea deal. he appeared in a courtroom today. he could qualify for an alternativetive sentencing program. that means he could face community service instead of jail. he's charged with reckless endangerment and trespassing after last month's meltdown aboard a jetblue flight. slater considered a working class hero left the airline last week. >> there appears to be another reason that pg&e customers dislike those new smart meters. the devices reportedly can interfere with baby monitors, cordless phones, patio speakers and wireless head sets. our media partner, the san jose mercury news says it received dozens of complaints about the problem. pg&e admitted in a 2009 report to the public utilities commission that it had found a limited number of cases of interference with consumer electronics when the meter transmit their data back to the
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>> today on oprah at 4:00, women that claim they were child brides. schools chattering new territory by taking the curriculum online. and cast or splint for broken bones. which treatment is best? those stories at 5:00. >> when you visit google's home page today, you'll be greeted by a new mystery. >> this time the search engine's home page is bouncing ball that is you can chase around the page with your mouse and look what happens. they gradually form the google
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logo. >> the mystery why the company created it. google usually creates a special doodle to mark events but they you almost always allow users to click on the logo and find out why. this time the only thing the company will say is today's doodle is fast, fun, and interactive the way searches should be. >> keep trying to play it here but that's not working. why don't we talk to mike. >> yeah. you'll take the place. >> okay. we're chasing temperatures as you can see downward. what a spiral. 20, 25 degrees cooler as we hit the low water mark tomorrow. look for drizzle for your morning commute also. >> thank you very much. and thank you for joining us. >> "who wants to be a millionaire" is am cog up oprah: they all say they were the child brides of this man. how was it explained to you at 8 years old? >> he said the marriage vows with me and had sex with me afterwards.
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